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NHL Gets It Wrong With Hossa Decision

from David Climer of the Tennessean,

Right here, let me point out that the Predators never should have let it come to that. It shouldn’t have mattered if Hossa was on the ice, in the penalty box or in the shower. The Predators have only themselves to blame.

First, how can a team that is 0-for-postseason on the power play expect to advance?

Second, you’ve got to find a way to protect your goal in the closing seconds of regulation. Even after the Blackhawks pulled goalie Antti Niemi, the Predators should have been able to kill the clock. Martin Erat’s blind pass that was intercepted and ultimately led to the tying goal will be remembered as the turning point of this series unless Nashville wins the next two games.

But back to Hossa: I don’t think anybody is surprised that the NHL’s kangaroo court decided not to suspend him after conducting a hearing on the hit. Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, determined that the five-minute penalty “was significant and appropriate” action by the referee.

Translation: Suspending a name player in the postseason is bad for business. Get over it.

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No Suspension For Hossa

from NHL.com,

NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell conducted a phone hearing with Hossa earlier Sunday afternoon. Campbell made the following statement after the meeting:

“I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the video and speaking with Mr. Hossa,” said Campbell. “This play is distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender; and that the call of a major penalty by the referee was significant and appropriate.”

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Late Evening Line

I’m scratching my head trying to figure out the Preds’ per­son­nel deci­sions on the ill-fated final regu­la­tion power play, the one in which Chi­cago mana­ged to score a short-handed goal to send the con­test in over­time. Obviously the Pre­da­tors didn’t need to score a goal, since they were already up 4-3. And they knew the Blackhawks would be doing everything they could to pro­duce a tying score. So don’t you want your top defen­sive pla­yers on the ice? It made sense to have Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Joel Ward out there. But Jason Arnott and Mar­tin Erat? Why wouldn’t David Leg­wand and Jerred Smith­son be on the ice in that situa­tion?

-John Glennon of the Tennessean.  Read more from John at Predators Insider.

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Those Pesty Predators

from Bob Verdi of ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

Just think. If the Blackhawks win Monday night, they are done with the Nashville Predators until October at the earliest. What greater incentive could a team possibly have?

“They’re everywhere, like bad mosquitos,” said Marian Hossa, who scored 4:07 into overtime at the United Center to provide the Blackhawks a crazed 5-4 victory Saturday.

“It’s like they always have too many men on the ice,” added Kris Versteeg moments after the Blackhawks assumed a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series that cannot be compared with root canal surgery for one reason: At least you get a needle when you’re in the chair. The Predators don’t come with an anesthetic, nor do they offer one. They just cling to you, like a sweater that’s two sizes too small. When you play against Nashville, you not only feel you’re being checked. You feel like you’re being audited.

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Four Goals In Three Games Won’t Cut It For Chicago

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose sees at least three things that have allowed the Predators to keep Chicago in check thus far: more desire, more physical play and intelligent play in their own zone.

“Nashville’s a very good defensive team and they don’t beat themselves,’’ Melrose said. “You don’t see them giving up many two-on-ones. They don’t give up a lot of chances and they don’t give up a lot of easy goals.

“The thing is that the ‘Hawks want it to come easy and Nashville is making it hard. That’s why the Predators are winning and that’s why they deserve to be winning.’‘

Here’s a breakdown by position of what the Predators are doing so well to stifle the Blackhawks.

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Trying To Sell-Out In Nashville

from John Glennon of Preds Insider,

If the Pre­da­tors don’t sell out tonight’s Game 3 against Chi­cago, they may well become the first team this pos­tsea­son not to sell out a pla­yoff game.

The NHL announ­ced on Mon­day that – prior to Mon­day night’s games – all 20 pla­yoff con­tests around the lea­gue had sold out. Of the three games that were pla­yed on Mon­day, the announ­ced atten­dance in Los Ange­les (18,264) was the only one that didn’t regis­ter at 100 per­cent capa­city. But 98.7 per­cent capa­city is pretty close, and I believe teams can label games as sellouts even if there are scat­te­red tic­kets still available.

As of this mor­ning, there were still plenty of tic­kets remai­ning for tonight’s game against the Blackhawks, which wasn’t too sur­pri­sing given that the count was 2,000 avai­la­ble as of Mon­day afternoon.

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How Will Chicago Respond?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Check out this comment Hawks star Patrick Kane gave ESPN.com last spring during the Vancouver-Chicago second-round playoff series:

“I think you look at our team and, yes, we have some young guys, and sometimes it seems like we don’t know any better,” Kane said May 4, 2009. “We’re just playing hockey. It’s been a lot of fun throughout the year. It’s like we just don’t want the season to end. We want to keep playing hockey and keep enjoying this ride.”

Happy go lucky. No pressure. No one expected anything from the young Hawks other than getting their feet wet.

So, we’ll find out a lot about the makeup of this team starting with Game 2 at the United Center on Sunday night. Our guess? This Hawks team can handle it. They will respond.

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Swagger In The Preds Room

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Hello, world … we are the Nashville Predators. How do you like us now?

Matched up with the flash-and-dash Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the NHL playoffs, the Nashville No-Names were given so little chance that one swore it was the Washington Generals taking the ice Friday night and not an NHL club that garnered 100 points in the Western Conference this season.

“We’re not the pretty choice,” veteran Preds forward Steve Sullivan said after a statement 4-1 win in Game 1 at United Center. “We’re not the favorite choice, we’re not the exciting brand of hockey that the Chicago Blackhawks are, but we’ve got a quiet little swagger within this dressing room.”

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Bad Goal Leads To Nashville Win

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Antti Niemi let in a bad goal, a crusher as it turned out, early in the third period with the Hawks leading 1-0. J.P. Dumont’s soft toss at the net from past the right faceoff circle bounced past Niemi, changing the momentum of the game.

Wasn’t this every Hawks fans’s nightmare, a bad goal costing a game? Only the goalie wasn’t Cristobal Huet.

The Hawks might have won 1-0 if not for Niemi’s bad goal.

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Late Evening Line

This is what we waited a year for?

-Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune.  Read more about Chicago’s loss to Nashville tonight.

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